Back in the summer when I was asked to write a Christmas week blog for the Diocesan website, I thought (not particularly long or hard) about what topic I would choose, and came up with the inspired title of “Secret Santa”.
Now the time has come to write, and so much has happened in the last couple of weeks that maybe my original idea isn’t really appropriate. After all, this blog is for current news topics and at the moment there are so many sad and terrible stories about the conflict in Syria and the passing of legends of the 20th Century, that the title just seems a little silly.
The passing of Nelson Mandela recently, the great Peter O’Toole, and of a personal friend and colleague in the last week has really made me think about how these men, in very different ways and circumstances, gave themselves, their time and their enthusiasm to their work and to the people and communities that they cared deeply about.
Nelson Mandela once said “I’m not a saint, unless you think a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying”. That really stuck with me – To keep on trying; trying to make the world around me a better and happier place.
I’ve not yet been referred to as a saint, but the giving of gifts at Christmas is one of my favourite things. Trying to give those I care about something they weren’t expecting in order to bring a smile to their faces. But this doesn’t always have to be a physical gift. It can be a simple act of kindness which makes someone’s world a better place. Sometimes they don’t even need to know who instigated the act of kindness. An anonymous gift; in fact you could call it a Secret Santa! Maybe my original title wasn’t such a silly idea. If we can all find a little Secret Santa inside each of ourselves this Christmas and coming New Year, maybe the world will be a better and happier place.
Merry Christmas everyone!
by Matthew Brunt, Diocesan Management Accountant